Young designers eye landscape regeneration at Tongji University
Updated: 2017-08-18


Students and teachers attend the 2017 Tongji CAUP International Design Summer School. The event was held at Tongji University in Shanghai from Aug 7 to 16. [Photo/]

The annual international design summer school organized by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University got underway at the Shanghai campus on Aug 7.

With the theme of Landscape Regeneration: The Revitalization of The Waterfront Portal, this year's 10-day event attracted 36 postgraduates from home and abroad to explore a typical Shanghai model for waterfront landmark revitalization.

The postgraduates set their sights on Wusong Port, a confluence area of the Yangtze and Huangpu rivers. There they did field research, got first-hand information about the region, and teamed up to work on solving various potential problems. These issues included how to take advantage of landscape regeneration to help bridge the gap between city and river, how to revive the waterfront by improving the ecological environment and the quality of public space, and how to create an active waterfront with distinctive local elements.


Nick Nelson, a lecturer at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, delivers a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the summer school on Aug 7. [Photo/]

Thanks to instructions given by professors from Chinese and overseas universities, the event saw six groups turning their creative ideas into reality by designing a port laboratory, an urban wetland prototype, and a plan featuring an aquaponic system.

These designs will be demonstrated at the exhibition hall of Tongji University for two weeks. The public is welcome to visit.


Groups of students demonstrate their designs on Aug 16. [Photo/]

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